Games Wednesday (Cuneta Astrodome)
5 p.m. — Rain or Shine vs Talk ‘N Text
7:30 p.m. — Sta. Lucia vs B-Meg Derby Ace
San Miguel Beer has lifted the burden of a winning streak off its shoulder. Talk ‘N Text will have to carry it a little while longer.
The Tropang Texters (10-2) have no choice but to protect their victory ride – now at nine straight – in order to keep pace with the 11-2 Beermen, who saw their own nine-game streak snapped by Barangay Ginebra, as the pace-setters tow each other neck and neck toward outright Final Four berths in the PBA Fiesta Cup.
They face the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome, hoping to brush aside the challenge of a formidable opponent and draw up once more with San Miguel atop the standings.
Chot Reyes, the TNT coach, knows Rain or Shine is capable of blowing dark clouds and gusty winds down their way.
“Ever since they entered the PBA, Rain or Shine has always given this franchise problems,” said Reyes, such as a hard-fought 99-96 win the first time they met.
“They have a solid local lineup with a dominant import (Jai Lewis) providing huge inside presence. We will have to play at a very high level in order to beat them.”
The TNT coach is at his best in putting his counterpart at ease.
Imagine now what Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia has to conjure in order to get a decent shot at beating a dream team like Talk ‘N Text, made infinitely stronger by the addition of Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes.
“They have the talent, strength, everything,” said Garcia, who sprinkled a dash of braggadocio to spice up the encounter.
“I also believe that in every basketball game you always play 5-on-5, and we have players capable of hanging tough with Talk N Text,” he said. “It will be an interesting match and whoever controls the board, execute and communicate on defense has the definite advantage.”